Why Don't We Just Dance

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"Why Don't We Just Dance"
Single by Josh Turner
from the album Haywire
Released August 12, 2009
Format CD single, music download
Recorded 2009
Genre Country
Length 3:14
Label MCA Nashville
Writer(s) Jim Beavers
Darrell Brown
Jonathan Singleton
Producer(s) Frank Rogers
Josh Turner singles chronology
"Everything Is Fine"
"Why Don't We Just Dance"
"All Over Me"
Music video
"Why Don't We Just Dance" at CMT.com

"Why Don't We Just Dance" is a song written by Jim Beavers, Jonathan Singleton and Darrell Brown, and recorded by American country music artist Josh Turner. It was released in August 2009 as the lead-off single from his album Haywire, which was released on February 9, 2010. The song became Turner's third Number One hit in February 2010, his first since "Would You Go With Me" in October 2006, and his longest stay at the top with four weeks. On May 24, 2010, the single was his fourth to be certified Gold by the RIAA.


"Why Don't We Just Dance" is a moderate up-tempo, featuring a production with piano, steel guitar fills, and fiddle. The song's narrator suggests to his lover that they dance in the living room to forget each other's troubles.

Turner said the song, which was written by Jim Beavers, Jonathan Singleton, and Darrell Brown, caught his attention the first listen. "It's an up-tempo, traditional country song that has a very catchy melody with a lyric that poses the question 'why don't we just dance?' and forget about all of the bad stuff going on the world and just concentrate on each other."[1]


"Why Don't We Just Dance" received mostly positive feedback from critics. Juli Thanki of Engine 145 gave the song a thumbs up, describing it as "three minutes of escapist fun, and Turner’s charming performance on the track is further proof that he’s one of country music’s most talented young A-listers; this may not be the greatest vocal turn of his career but it’s still a pleasure to listen to." She also drew comparisons to Neal McCoy’s 1995 single "They're Playin' Our Song" and Turner's 2007 single "Firecracker."[2] Bobby Peacock of Roughstock gave a positive review, describing the song as "a step in the right direction." He thought Turner's performance "recall[ed] the seductive swagger of Conway Twitty" and praised the production for having "an infectious, syncopated rhythm and a catchy melody that shows off the deeper end of Josh's range quite effectively."[3] Kevin J. Coyne of Country Universe gave the song a B rating. Although he thought that "Turner is charming as ever," he added that "he has a bit of trouble keeping up with the beat as he tosses off the lyrics" and said the song is "about as deep as Vegas rainfall."[4]

Music video[edit]

The music video, which was directed by Deaton-Flanigen Productions, premiered on GAC's Monday Music Mania on October 5, 2009[5] and on CMT on October 8, 2009.[6] Turner is shown inside a house, observing a couple (played by real-life couple Ciaran McCarthy and Ashley Anderson)[5] dancing in the living room. Throughout the video, the couple changes clothes and dancing styles, showcasing different decades beginning with the 1950s through present day.[7] According to Country Weekly magazine, Turner was "elated to discover that he wouldn't have to do any acting" in the video.[7]

The video was ranked #39 on GAC's Top 50 Videos of the Year.


  • Lead Vocal by Josh Turner
  • Background Vocals by Wes Hightower and Russell Terrell
  • Written by Jim Beavers, Jonathan Singleton and Darrell Brown
  • Drums: Shannon Forrest
  • Bass: Kevin "Swine" Greantt
  • Acoustic guitar: Bryan Sutton
  • Electric guitar: J. T. Corenflos and Brent Rowan
  • Piano: Gordon Mote
  • Fiddle: Aubrey Haynie
  • Steel: Steve Hinson
  • Percussion: Eric Darken

Chart performance[edit]

"Why Don't We Just Dance" debuted at #57 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week of September 5, 2009. On the week ending November 28, 2009, it also debuted at #99 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. In January 2010, it became his first Top 10 single since "Firecracker" reached #2 in 2007. On the chart week of February 20, 2010, it became his third Number One song and his first since "Would You Go with Me" in October 2006. It also debuted at #97 on the Canadian Hot 100 chart for the week of February 20, 2010.

Chart (2009–2010) Peak
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[8] 59
US Billboard Hot 100[9] 35
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[10] 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2010) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[11] 3
Preceded by
"The Truth"
by Jason Aldean
Billboard Hot Country Songs
number-one single

February 20-March 13, 2010
Succeeded by
"That's How Country Boys Roll"
by Billy Currington


Region Certification Sales/shipments
United States (RIAA)[12] Platinum 1,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone


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